Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Team
We know life as a student can be stressful. Our service exists to support you when you need it, and to help you get the most out of your time at University. We are based in the Student Life Centre (Southwark campus).
What do we offer?
- Short-term support and advice to all students who are experiencing personal or emotional difficulties, who may be struggling to cope at university or just need someone to talk to.
- A confidential, safe space to talk.
- A range of appointment days and times available (face-to-face or telephone).
- Access to our University counselling service.
- Self-help resources.
- Information on wellbeing workshops and events.
We have appointments that are available to be booked on the day you'd like to speak with someone Monday to Friday at Southwark. To book in with an adviser email:firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to the Student Life Centre
Who are we?
The team consists of experienced Wellbeing Advisers:
Annie Jennings - Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager
Dr Makeba Garraway - Mental Heath and Wellbeing Adviser
Hayley Mullender - Mental Heath and Wellbeing Adviser
Nicola Smith - Mental Heath and Wellbeing Adviser
You can contact anyone in the team by emailing email@example.com
- Stressed with assignments?
- Worried about workload?
- Struggling with motivation?
- Could your self-esteem do with a boost?
LSBU’s wellbeing team have a new online support service you can use called SilverCloud; a flexible, online therapy programme which will help with your wellbeing while you study at LSBU.
SilverCloud will support you in learning practical self-help skills to manage your emotional health and wellbeing. The programmes are tailored to the specific needs of students and have proven high improvement rates for depression and anxiety.
SilverCloud can be used for FREE using your LSBU email address and can be accessed 24/7 on a computer, tablet or phone.
If you’re feeling stressed or know that your wellbeing needs a bit of looking after, sign up today.
We have an institutional membership with the University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN) http://www.umhan.com/ which seeks to share good practice and promote the interests of University students requiring our services.
Maintaining our wellbeing – what can help us?
Our physical and mental health, social support systems, and spiritual wellbeing all play a part in keeping us well.
Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and immune system, and can help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Exercising, alongside other factors, can also help combat low mood and reduce feelings of loneliness.
Activities that help you relax are good for your mental and physical health and wellbeing. Breathing exercises, yoga, meditation and mindfulness are just some of the activities that you might find helpful. Making time to focus on your wellbeing can help to keep you focused and content with other aspects of your life, and may help you feel more in control of academic, family and work pressures.
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem every year. Statistically that means that you are likely to know someone who has been affected.
Here are some tried and tested ways to improve your wellbeing:
1) Talk to someone about how you are feeling
2) Stay in touch with friends and family
3) Stay active and exercise, enjoy the outdoors
4) Eat healthily and drink sensibly
5) Be kind to yourself as well as others
6) Try a new activity or do something you enjoy or are good at
7) Deal with practical problems as they arise
8) Ask for help
9) Accept who you are
10) Take time out for yourself, have ‘Me Time’ - we all need it!
The Mental Health Foundation has information about how staying active can have a positive impact on your mental health, including tips for getting and staying motivated: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise. For more information visit their website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z
The Students' Union (SU) at LSBU offers a range of societies, social activities and sports clubs. Find out more by visiting the SU website www.lsbsu.org. The SU reception is based in the Student Centre.
You can also find a range of Wellbeing podcasts which are free to download and cover topics such as exercise, relaxation, nutrition and positive thinking: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/podcasts
NHS Choices has lots of useful Information about your general and mental health on its website. It also has advice and tips on how to stay healthy while you are studying: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/studenthealth/Pages/Studenthealthhome.aspx
Please visit our If you are in crisis page for more immediate issues.